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South Africa: Authorities must protect coastal community’s right to consent to future mining on their land

, Index number: AFR 53/9823/2019

Amnesty International strongly condemns the failure of the Minister of Mineral Resources, Gwede Mantashe, to allow an effective voice to the Amadiba community at a meeting held on the 16 January 2019. The meeting was part of ongoing consultations that the Department of Mineral Resources initiated regarding proposed mining in the area. Amnesty International is alarmed by the Minister’s misrepresentation of the Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) as having interrupted the meeting. In effect, the Minister’s actions disregarded affected community members who wanted to share their views on proposed mining in Amadiba, including Nonhle Mbuthuma, the spokesperson of the ACC.

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